Bernd Fesel (born in 1962)
works as an independent policy advisor and event-organiser for the cultural and creative industries in Europe. Since 2009 Bernd Fesel is deputy director of the European Centre for Creative Economy, an institute of European Capital of Culture 2010, RUHR.2010.
He studied Economics and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Bonn from 1983 to 1990 and graduated with an economist degree. Bernd Fesel has been partner of the Gallery Karin Fesel since 1990. In 1995 he became working group member within the Federal Association of German Galleries (Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien - BVDG), from 1996 to 1997 he was board member of the BVDG, from 1997 to 2003 Managing Director. During this time he launched a presentation portal for German galleries (www.galerienindeutschland.de), organised the first online art fair with the support of the Deutsche Telekom and developed an educative CD-Rom on the art of the 60s, which was distinguished by the European Commission.
During this time he launched a presentation portal for German galleries (www.galerienindeutschland.de), organised the first online art fair with the support of the Deutsche Telekom and developed an educative CD-Rom on the art of the 60s, which was distinguished by the European Commission.
From 2000 to 2004 he was honorary spokesperson of the German Arts Council, the federal umbrella association of 20 arts federations. Since 2002 he has been board member of the German Council for Cultural statistics and from 2003 to 2005 chairman of the expert committee “Taxes” in the German Cultural Council.
In 2003 Bernd Fesel initiated the national conference on cultural industries in Berlin, which is organised every year in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the German Council for Cultural Statistics and the German Cultural Council.
From 2005 to 2007 he is Secretary General of the Federation of European Art Gallery Associations in Brussels, which represents approx. 2.000 galleries all over Europe.
Bernd Fesel supervises the seminar serials “Strategies in the arts market” and occupies teaching positions at the Distance University in Hagen (since 2004), the Bonn University (2006), the University of the Arts in Berlin (2007/2008) and the private University Witten-Herdecke (2009)
Since 2007 Bernd Fesel is cooperation partner of the training programme „Management in the Art Market” at the Freie Universität in Berlin, the biggest advanced training centre in Germany. This is the first advanced training dealing with the arts market which closes with a certificate.
Areas of Expertise
Game Theory, Culture in Europe, Global Policies for Creative Industries
An idea worth spreading
Culture is not a luxury, but daily food.
Or to say it in the words of the nobel-price-winning economic game theory:
Culture generates positive external effects.
Taking this into account changes all most everything: urban development, social politics, migration, education and innovation.
More over: the economic games theory shows that this is no zero sum activity. Thus financing culture generates a return on investment.
To say it in other words: Do you know the value the MoMA brand contributes to the brand New York?
I'm passionate about
artists and creative ciites
social renewal by culture
convergence of TV and Web.
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1. art and culture projects to improve the life quality in difficult quarters of cities
2. creatting Bilbao effects everywhere
3. foreign correspondent status on www.2010lab.tv/en
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finding simple solutions for complex challenges